Winnemucca Felon Arrested And Charged For Possession Of An Explosive Device
RENO, Nev. — A former felon who was arrested Tuesday in Winnemucca for possession of an explosive device had his initial court appearance today in U.S. District Court in Reno, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division.
The indictment, returned last week and unsealed today, charges Terry J. Hanson Jr., 36, of Winnemucca, with one count of felon in possession of an explosive. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb. A jury trial is set for July 17, 2018.
According to the indictment, Hanson unlawfully possessed Thermalite Igniter Cord, an explosive material under federal law. He has a prior felony conviction in Humboldt County for possession of a controlled substance.
The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The arrest and charge are the result of an investigation by the FBI with assistance by the Nevada Department of Public Safety - NDI, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Winnemucca Police Department, Elko Police Department, Elko Sheriff's Office, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department, and the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow is prosecuting the case.
An indictment merely alleges that a crime has been committed, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.